Tony Blair and Bill Clinton were very astute politicians...
Blair and the Clintons have another thing in common - they both despise anyone from outside their familiar networks of vested interests as political amateurs. On the evidence of his contributions here, Rob Salmond's pretty comfy with that world view.
That's probably the best post of yours I've ever read on here, Tom.
If you had a lifestyle block and Mr Semmens strayed onto it you wouldn't shoot him any more than I would.
They could do worse than to look to Iceland for a least worst solution.
We hope. Even Zimbabwe might offer a few lessons. Because this imaginatively bankrupt where-Britain-goes-we-go hiding to nowhere passed its use-by date around a couple of generations ago.
his inglorious excursion into racial politics.
Oh yes, you've identified an historic own goal there. It's almost up there with Fletcher Building CEO Graham Darlow's blaming the Irish for shoddy quake repairs - note the smarmy accompanying grin 1:54 into the clip - but without points to be scored you won't be crying racism on that one.
I don't know how long BFM's mid-80s Men's Show lasted, but it was memorable for its earnest good intentions bordering on unintentional self-parody. Along with issues of interest to men - stopping violence, being righteously non-sexist - men were encouraged to phone in, though I don't recall many responses.
One afternoon a guy who identified as Maori took up the offer. The host extended a warm welcome, then discovered that his caller didn't really have any pressing issues to discuss - "Just thought I'd call eh".
"So", said the host, "where are Maori men at in Aotearoa today?"
"Eh?" said his caller, "They're, uh, you know, they're everywhere!"
NZ walking away would have a chilling effect on the negotiations.
Who says ?I don't understand this comment. Our Country by virtue of size isn't chilling and any other Country in the Pacific region can negotiate without us if they are so interested in this agreement.
Gordon Campbell nailed this one a couple of weeks back with "Once again, the rest of the world has misread our national penchant for passive aggression as being a gesture of compliance."
New Zealand’s position on trade, where we unilaterally take down almost all our own tariffs then act completely surprised when nobody listens to our pleas later, has been likened to showing up naked to a strip poker game. Before the game begins, you’ve already lost.
It's not just Groser, he's simply the heir to a grand tradition. And while the likes of Tinakori attempt their usual partisan tribal pointscoring, there are still those in positions of influence within Labour who haven't moved beyond the Mike Moore orthodoxy of a quarter-century ago.
Auditor-General Lyn Provost will carry out an inquiry into the Saudi sheep bribe. Does this mean that Murray McCully will finally have to front up and actually answer the difficult questions?
If the recent online sacrificial slagging of McCully from those who habitually employ the PM's rectum as a pulpit is any indication, yes.
Natrad dug a 41 year old interview with Bill Rowling out of the archives.
- and seeing the kitchen brings it all flooding back. With horror (knowing what I know now of asbestos-laden post-quake Chchch) - How Chris and I scraped all the stippled wall plaster off the walls and ceiling by hand, with cheese graters being the most effective tool, and the occasional wet hanky over the nose and mouth!!!
So that's how it was done. Someone had gone to a certain amount of trouble with sweeping strokes of a trowel and plaster to create the ambience of a tacky pizza parlour. Never mind, said Chris, they'd be bringing it up to aesthetic scratch by "electronic means", which turned out to be one of these fitted to a godawful great corded drill. Having managed to nearly flog a hole in a nice old kauri door with a similar gadget I could only wish him luck.